The volcanic island of Puerto Rico's is found in the north central Caribbean, with the U.S. Virgin Islands to the east and the island of Hispaniola to the west. The islands coastline is surrounded by over 5,000 km2 of incredible shallow coral reefs with vast ecosystems.
The Risks to Puerto Rico's Coral Reef
Back in 2017 Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, devastating its' ecosystems. Coral reefs act as barriers against storms, hurricanes and strong swells, however Puerto Rico's reefs have been declining for years as a result of a number of different issues including:
Pollution & Wastewater Discharge
Increased Seasonal Natural Disasters
Coastal Development & Recreational Activities
For Puerto Rico the coral reefs that surround it are vital for their tourism as a number of recreational sports rely on it, including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and line fishing. They also provide a home for an immense number of species throughout the coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds. These habitats support more than 677 species of ﬁsh and 237 species of coral. Sea turtles such as the leatherback and green sea turtle like to frequent the shores and beaches in Puerto Rico.
Almost a decade ago a huge deep water coral reef was found just off the coast of the island. The scuba divers discovered an incredible sprawling & diverse coral reef at 100 to 500 feet below the ocean surface. With the declining health of the shallow coral reefs around Puerto Rico this was an incredible discovery as many researchers hoped that the deeper reef would be able to help replenish fish stocks in the shallow reefs.
Sign The Petition
If you want to see more support and emergency action to support and save Puerto Rico's coral reef then you should sign the petition to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The head of the EPA has a duty and an opportunity to protect critically-important natural resources, including the coral reefs around Puerto Rico that have become ever more important as a bulwark against extreme weather events such as Hurricane Maria."
Join the over 150,000 people in demanding more support for Puerto Rico's Coral Reef!
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